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Harvard Medical School Reviews

Updated March 2, 2015
Updated March 2, 2015
80 Reviews
3.9
80 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits, good managers, great work-life balance (in 5 reviews)

  • Great benefits (due to union), paid for graduate school (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • That being said, everyone recognizes that, and most PIs that I know work hard to make the labs in my department a great place to work (in 2 reviews)

  • Really just a wonderful place to work and learn (in 2 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great people, learned a lot

    Former Intern - Lab Manager in Boston, MA
    Former Intern - Lab Manager in Boston, MA

    I worked at Harvard Medical School as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Was able to work with great people, had the opportunity to have a relatively flexible schedule. I also learned a lot as a 6 month coop student

    Cons

    Pay was coming from federal grants, so it could have been a little higher to be competitive with private companies

    Recommends
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    very positive experience as a research scientist

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Scientist in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Scientist in Boston, MA

    I worked at Harvard Medical School full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    top research center, great training by PI, flexible hours, access to some of the best research seminars and lab heads.

    Cons

    chances are minimal to become a faculty member when being a postdoc there in the first place, competition is intense, research core facilities are not always up to the challenge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    create more opportunities for scientists to build collaborations and long-term relationships with industry leaders.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    PhD recipient in Division of Medical Sciences hailing from Europe, now quitting academic research in favor of industry

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    Former Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Boston, MA

    I worked at Harvard Medical School full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    world class talent - both in faculty and in student body, congregation of state of the art facilities, proximity to many affiliated university hospitals - many opportunities to participate in clinically relevant, translational research

    Cons

    nonacademic post-PhD career development programs are lagging behind the academic training - in many cases students were not even allowed to take on Teaching Assistant positions to limit time outside lab

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harvard Medical School

    Pros

    Fantastic resources, the best researches and opportunities. The culture is very pro-success and drives you to work harder. Funding is hard to get so that's always a struggle but Harvard is usually good at finding some

    Cons

    The work-life balance can be hard to achieve depending on what lab your working in. Research roles are intense and have high expectations

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good place to work

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    Current Employee - Bioinformatics Specialist in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Bioinformatics Specialist in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Harvard Medical School

    Pros

    - Excellent work life balance
    - Interesting people to work with,

    Cons

    - Not much room to grow professionally
    - Commuting is an issue

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Graduate student

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harvard Medical School

    Pros

    Incredible opportunities for those interested in pursuing careers in academia or elsewhere given the caliber of speakers and professors in the area.

    Cons

    Hypercompetitive culture can at times prevent more collaborations across labs.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to do research

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Harvard Medical School

    Pros

    Great and smart people around everyday.
    Exciting science.
    Nice environment.

    Cons

    Salary can be better, but again it is kind of standard for postdocs everywhere.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    competitive and collaborative

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harvard Medical School

    Pros

    Best networks, great faculties, smart students

    Cons

    tough funding situations, low salaries

  10.  

    Great minds around you

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Harvard Medical School

    Pros

    Collaborative research environment, very virbant

    Cons

    Not so good infrastructure, lack of postdoc perks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Positive work environment in academia

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    Current Employee - Staff Assistant
    Current Employee - Staff Assistant

    I have been working at Harvard Medical School full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits with generous vacation and health care care packages.

    Cons

    Most jobs are in the city; creates commuter problems

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should have satellite locations in the suburbs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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